Erbil, Iraq Population 1950-2020

Chart and table of population level and growth rate for the Erbil, Iraq metro area from 1950 to 2020. United Nations population projections are also included through the year 2035.
  • The current population of Erbil in 2020 is 846,000, a 1.56% increase from 2019.
  • The population of Erbil in 2019 was 833,000, a 1.46% increase from 2018.
  • The population of Erbil in 2018 was 821,000, a 1.36% increase from 2017.
  • The population of Erbil in 2017 was 810,000, a 1.38% increase from 2016.
Data Source: United Nations - World Population Prospects

MLA Citation:
Other Cities in Iraq
City Name Population
Baghdad 7,144,000
Mosul 1,630,000
Basra 1,352,000
Kirkuk 1,013,000
Najaf 874,000
Erbil 846,000
Sulaimaniya 739,000
Amara 656,000
Nasiriyah 617,000
Hillah 604,000
Karbala 555,000
Diwaniyah 513,000
Kut 471,000
Ramadi 452,000
Faloojah 347,000
Baaqoobah 324,000
Samarra 312,000
Erbil - Historical Population Data
Year Population Growth Rate
2020 846,000 1.56%
2019 833,000 1.46%
2018 821,000 1.36%
2017 810,000 1.38%
2016 799,000 1.40%
2015 788,000 1.42%
2014 777,000 1.30%
2013 767,000 1.46%
2012 756,000 1.34%
2011 746,000 1.50%
2010 735,000 1.38%
2009 725,000 0.28%
2008 723,000 0.28%
2007 721,000 0.28%
2006 719,000 0.28%
2005 717,000 0.42%
2004 714,000 0.28%
2003 712,000 0.28%
2002 710,000 0.28%
2001 708,000 0.28%
2000 706,000 0.28%
1999 704,000 0.28%
1998 702,000 1.30%
1997 693,000 3.74%
1996 668,000 3.73%
1995 644,000 3.70%
1994 621,000 3.85%
1993 598,000 3.64%
1992 577,000 3.78%
1991 556,000 3.73%
1990 536,000 3.68%
1989 517,000 3.61%
1988 499,000 5.05%
1987 475,000 7.95%
1986 440,000 7.84%
1985 408,000 7.94%
1984 378,000 8.00%
1983 350,000 7.69%
1982 325,000 7.97%
1981 301,000 7.89%
1980 279,000 8.14%
1979 258,000 7.95%
1978 239,000 7.66%
1977 222,000 7.77%
1976 206,000 7.85%
1975 191,000 7.91%
1974 177,000 7.93%
1973 164,000 7.89%
1972 152,000 7.80%
1971 141,000 8.46%
1970 130,000 7.44%
1969 121,000 8.04%
1968 112,000 7.69%
1967 104,000 8.33%
1966 96,000 9.09%
1965 88,000 10.00%
1964 80,000 11.11%
1963 72,000 10.77%
1962 65,000 10.17%
1961 59,000 11.32%
1960 53,000 10.42%
1959 48,000 11.63%
1958 43,000 10.26%
1957 39,000 2.63%
1956 38,000 2.70%
1955 37,000 5.71%
1954 35,000 2.94%
1953 34,000 6.25%
1952 32,000 3.23%
1951 31,000 3.33%
1950 30,000 0.00%